Softball Hosts Georgia Tech in ACC Midweek Tilt on ESPN3
March 18, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State softball team will play the first of its two midweek Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) doubleheaders this season against Georgia Tech on Wednesday, March 19. Game one was orginally scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., but will now begin at 3:30 p.m. to allow for better field drainage from the rain. Both contests will air live on ESPN3.
With the ACC expanding the conference slate to 28 games this year, each member team plays eight three-game series and two midweek doubleheaders.
The Wolfpack (15-9, 6-3 ACC) is coming off a tough weekend in Florida, which saw the squad's 14-game winning streak come to a close against the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles.
Freshman Molly Hutchison hit her team-leading seventh home run of the season in the first game of the series against the Seminoles. Her seven home runs on the year is the second-best total in the conference.
Hanna Sommer, a sophomore from Tustin, Calif., also homered during the weekend to collect her second round-tripper of the year.
In the circle, junior Emily Weiman has been great for the Wolfpack all season. She is currently tied for first in the nation with eight complete game shutouts. Weiman is also 12th in the country in strikeouts with 129 to her credit. Both of those totals are good for first in the ACC.
Earlier in the day on Tuesday, The Pack received votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball top-25 poll. Its eight votes were the fourth-most among teams outside of the top 25.
SCOUTING GEORGIA TECH
Last season the Wolfpack and Yellow Jackets met three times during the regular season with Tech winning two of three games.
Georgia Tech has outscored opponents 127-93 on the year and owns a .304 batting average as a team compared to a .260 clip for its opponents.
Seniors Hayley Downs and Ashley Thomas lead the squad at the plate. Downs has compiled a .397 batting average on the season, while Thomas has registered a mark of .375.
On the mound, freshman Kanani Cabrales and junior Kylie Kleinschmidt have shared the workload. Cabrales has made 11 appearances and compiled a 7-3 record, while Kleinschmidt has appeared in 16 contests with a record of 11-3.